Marco Polo's Journey to China. 2nd Edition
Twenty-First Century Books, 2013年1月1日 - 132 頁
Can one book really change the world? A handwritten manuscript by Marco Polo in 1288 did. Polo, son of a wealthy Italian merchant, wrote about his incredible experiences traveling to China with his father and uncle on a trade expedition, and also about his adventures as an envoy of Kublai Khan, the ruler of most of China. Polo’s book became a bestseller in Europe in the fourteenth century. It was copied over and over by hand, translated into fourteen languages, and became one of the first books to be printed after the invention of moveable type. The tales inspired others—including Christopher Columbus in the fifteenth century—to seek new sea routes for trade. Polo’s adventures—and manuscript—are one of world history’s most pivotal moments.
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Little did they imagine that some 6,000 miles (10,000 kilometers) away, as the crow flies, in what is now called China, were cities much larger and grander than their own. “The CiTy oF heaVen” Hangzhou (which Marco Polo called Kinsai).
This busy port at the head of a bay opening into the East China Sea was not 100 miles (160 km) in circumference nor did it boast twelve thousand bridges, as Polo's book says. These are either exaggerations or mistakes made by a scribe ...
... more than 1,000 miles (1,600 km) long. It stretched between the northern city of Da-du (called Khanbalik by the Mongols and currently Beijing) and Hangzhou. Along the way, it 21 22 linked the two largest rivers in Asia, the Chang.
At this port, about 400 miles (645 km) south of Hangzhou, many foreign ships came to trade. It was “the port for all the ships that arrive from India laden with costly wares and precious stones of great price and big pearls of fine ...
China was still thousands of miles away, the other side of a vast region dominated by Islamic rulers. Venice's Rialto was crowded with Germans, Armenians, Slavs, and other foreign merchants but no one from India or China.
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